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Course Description

Geology is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. The study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe. Without the study of geology, it would have been very difficult to build the modern world around us. For one thing, it would have been impossible to locate building materials for our roads, houses, and office buildings. Without ready access to metals like gold, we would never have been able to make the wide range of electrical devices like cell phones and digital cameras that we all depend on.

 
The study of geology is about more than just identifying rocks or finding mineral deposits. It is the study of how all Earth's systems work together so that we can work with nature instead of against it, and we can have a better grasp of the future implications of our actions on the world around us.

An understanding of geology and the Earth's systems has become critical in a wide range of fields. It's not just miners, oil riggers and college professors who study the story of the rocks: it is also civil engineers, architects, urban planners, government officials, and investors.

In this course, you will learn about: Geology History; Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time; Fossils and Earth History--The  Eons and Eras; Rock types; Geomagnetism; Plate Tectonics; Recycling and Renewal; Erosion; The Rock Cycle; Rocks and Minerals; Gemstones and Mining.

What is Geology?

Geology is all about the earth. It is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. In the broader scope of things, the study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe. It is the study of rocks, minerals, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides, asteroids, ancient history, the future ahead of us, and the ground we are standing on today. Without the study of geology, it would have been very difficult to build the modern world around us. For one thing, it would have been nearly impossible to locate building materials for our roads, houses, and office buildings. Without ready access to metals like gold, we would never have been able to make the wide range of electrical devices like cell phones and digital cameras that we all depend on today. 

But the study of geology is about more than just identifying rocks or finding mineral deposits. It is the study of how all of Earth's systems work together so that we can work with nature instead of against it, and we can have a better grasp of the future implications of our actions on the world around us.

What does a geologist do?

 
Since the field is so broad, geologists tend to specialize in certain areas. Volcanologists study volcanoes. Seismologists study earthquakes. Hydrologists study the interactions of water and the earth. Paleontologists study the ancient history of the earth. Some geologists help build safer buildings in areas where there are known hazards, like earthquakes. Others help find mineral deposits or look for likely places to locate gemstones, like diamonds. Some geologists analyze geological maps to suggest places to dig for coal or drill for oil. Others work for government organizations like the United States Geological Survey, or they teach in universities. Many geologists have advanced degrees, like Master's degrees or Ph.D.'s). 

How does someone train to be a geologist?

People who are interested in becoming professional geologists usually take a lot of courses in the earth sciences, math, and computers. Because geology touches so many other subjects, coursework in all the sciences is helpful. Geologists must at least earn a Bachelor's degree, but for the specialized fields, they usually continue on to do graduate work. Even for people who don't want to be professional geologists, it is critical in any field to understand how the Earth's systems all work together. For example, if you want to build a building, you have to understand what kind of earth it's going to be sitting on. If your building will be located near the ocean, you will have to build the foundation a certain way so that water doesn't leak in during every high tide. If you are building it along a fault line, you will have to make sure it can withstand moderate earthquakes, and that it isn't built on a spot likely to collapse in a landslide.

Even if you do something you think is totally unrelated to geology, the forces of the Earth impact your life every day, and you impact the Earth, as well. Understanding, for example, that everything you rinse down your sink, flush down a toilet, or pour into the grass will eventually return to the groundwater and end up in the glass you pour from the kitchen sink, might make you think differently about the next sip of water you drink. Every day, politicians and people on the news talk about saving the environment and protecting the ozone layer. They talk about global warming and climate change, they want to get you to vote for them based on their statements about Earth Science. In order to make an informed decision, it is important for everyone to understand what a complex and powerful set of systems make up our Earth, and to understand that there are still a huge number of unanswered questions about how all the pieces work together.

This course will not be able to answer all of those questions, since the top researchers in the world are still trying to answer them themselves, but it will help you get a basic understanding of the many forces at work on the Earth. If there is one constant on this planet, it is change. 

This course will also offer some suggestions for further research as you move along, just in case a particular topic really grabs your interest.

 
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Lesson 1 : Introduction

Geology is all about the earth. It is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. In the broader scope of things, the study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Poll: Where in the World?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 : Introduction

Lesson 2 : Geology History

In the beginning, people were just trying to find the best kinds of rocks to make arrowheads, or to use in a slingshot. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 : Geology History

Lesson 3 : Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time

When people talk about how long ago something happened, they often say "not too long ago," or "a long time ago." But the definitions of these expressions tend to vary with the age of the speaker. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Take Poll: Generating Interest
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4 : Fossils and Earth History--The Eons and Eras

Lasting only 65 million years, the Cenozoic is the modern day world we know, the age of mammals, birds, flowering plants, and insects. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5 : Rock Types

Igneous rocks are formed when hot magma cools. There are two different kinds of igneous rocks: Plutonic (intrusive) and volcanic (extrusive). 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Kimberlites
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 : Rock types

Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism

The earth has its own magnetic field, so compasses point north. Compasses have been used for centuries as a reliable navigation tool for travelers on land and sea, also good when the sun or stars were behind clouds. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Sheer Magnetism
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism

Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics

Ever since its earliest days, the Earth has been constantly changing and recreating itself. Even today, it continues to move and evolve. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics

Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal

Okay, so we know that plates are making mountains, but what's happening to all the plates that keep sinking under other plates? Where does all this material go? 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal

Lesson 9 : Erosion

In the previous chapter, we talked about how the backbones of the mountains are raised from the ground, but we have not yet discussed the thin blanket of soil that lies between the bedrock and the atmosphere. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 : Erosion

Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle

Geologists often talk about the rock cycle. This is one illustration of the many ways the earth reuses everything. Take, for example, the Appalachian Mountains. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle

Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals

If you have ever gone for a walk and seen a pretty rock, you might have picked it up and admired it, but did you ever wonder where it came from, how it arrived where it is, how old it might be. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals

Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining

Unlike the very specific definition of a mineral, the term "gemstone" is much looser. It is an attractive stone or mineral that is polished and used to make jewelry. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Kimberley Process; How Diamonds are Formed
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining

Lesson 13 : Conclusion

The science of Geology started with the need to find minerals that would allow people to improve their basic quality of life. 565 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Take Poll: And the Winner Is...
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of geology.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--geologic time.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--the eons and eras.
  • Define rock types.
  • Describe geomagnetism.
  • Know plate tectonics.
  • Describe recycling and renewal processes.
  • Describe erosion.
  • Know rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle.
  • Describe gemstones and mining, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Geology 101
Course Number: 7550430
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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